Two of Us
Something more than a love story (though it is certainly that), this gripping French psychological drama is as tense and edgy as a thriller. Nina (former Fassbinder muse Barbara Sukowa) has the apartment immediately adjacent to Madeleine’s (Martine Chevallier), which is convenient: the two women have been lovers for decades, though Mado has kept this a secret from her grown children. Then a stroke renders Madeleine paralyzed and incapable of speech, and Nina falls into a bitter duel with her round-the-clock caregiver, who doesn’t appreciate this assertive neighbour’s persistent offers of help…
"[A] gut-wrenching love story with humorous touches, melded with an unlikely thriller. Beautifully crafted and perfectly cast, the film touches on everything from keeping up appearances and family dynamics between parents and adult children to a critique of retirement homes that over-medicate residents. Nina and Mado’s loving intimacy is exquisite as is the care with which the proceedings are lit. The answer to Nina’s question, who cares about two old dykes, is that we do." Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
"This is a smart movie that starts from a relatively simple yet captivating premise and then steadily gains in complexity as it develops." David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"An entirely unique and uniquely vital lesbian love story." Mark Keizer, Variety
Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker, Muriel Benazeraf, Jérôme Varanfrain
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